Summer activities and how to return to school successfully

July 2019

We hope that you have a wonderful summer break and return to school on 4th September refreshed. Sarah Feeney, our Pastoral Lead has put together some useful advice about how to fill your time over the summer and how to come back to school ready to learn. Please click on the links below to read more:

Returning to school

What to do this summer

London History Day

June 2019

Our children made an incredible effort yesterday not only in their dressing up but also with what they have created. Year 6 made an amazing collage to represent local musician David Bowie and here are some highlights of pupils’ costumes.

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Year 6 visit law firm Baker McKenzie for Enabling Enterpise

June 2019

Year 6 pupils visited international law firm Baker McKenzie this week as part of our collaboration with Enabling Enterprise. They worked with volunteers from the law firm to create a case either for the defence or prosecution. They looked at the best arguments, analysed evidence and listened to witness statements in readiness for trial. At the end of the day they had to present their evidence to a judge. For this task they used not only their presentation skills but also problem solving and analytical expertise. What an incredible experience for our pupils!

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The Book Bus

June 2019

The Book People visited West Hill this week with their special red bus and it proved to be very popular with all the pupils. They had a great choice of books and our children really enjoyed the selection process!

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NHS School Trailblazer Project

June 2019

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On 27th June we will welcome Naomi Good from the South West London Health and Care Partnership to West Hill.

Naomi will hold a workshop with School Council and children from year 5 (who have also completed a well being survey). The workshop will help to gather the ‘pupil voice’ in a discussion about well-being. Class councils will also be held to feedback to all pupils about the workshop.

On 20th June we welcome Prashan and colleagues, Education Practitioners from the young people’s wellbeing service.

Prashan will run Transition to Secondary School workshops for Year 6 on the 20th and 27th June and 4th July. More information will follow about this.

West Hill pupils visit UK Power Networks

June 2019

We have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2011, giving our pupils the opportunity to build essential work and life skills to help prepare them for the future.

Please click here to read more about what we have been doing.

Please click here to read all about our recent visit to UK Power Networks.

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Art Week

June 2019

We saw some amazing work being created last week at our annual Art Week , this year all inspired by Japanese art.

Nursery were inspired by Yayoi Kusama

 

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Reception created Koinobori fish kites

 

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Year 1 were inspired by Hokusai

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Year 2 created bowls based on Japanese ceramics

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Year 3 tried the art of Origami. They made their own paper and then made birds.

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Year 4 investigated the importance of koi and goldfish. They designed their fish before using paint and rollers to bring their creations to life.

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Year 5 looked at Murakami, with Mr Lake’s class using papier mache and Miss Wilson’s class using tee shirts.

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Year 6 did their own Manga art, researching the genre on the ipads then creating their own characters.

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‘Soft start’ to the school day after half term

May 2019

What is ‘soft start’?

From Monday 3rd June we are going to be starting the school day in a different way. We will be starting the day with a ‘soft start’. This means that children in years 2,3,4,5,6 will walk into school independently and no longer form a line in the playground.

Purpose

It will be a  positive and calm start to the day, helping children to develop skills of independence and personal responsibility. The quality of ‘early work will improve and it will give the child an opportunity to talk with their teacher about homework or any learning that they would like some further support with.

How ‘soft start’ works

The school day still starts at 8.50am. Teachers will be in their classrooms at 8.45am. School doors will be open for children to enter the building and go to their classrooms on their own between 8.45am and 8.50am.  The co-headteachers and deputy headteacher will be in the playground between 8.45am and 8.50am. A teaching assistant from each class and learning support assistants will be in the playground at 8.45am until 8.50am. If a parent has any concerns or information the teaching assistant will be able to write down notes in a communication book so that all the staff in the child’s class are aware. At the end of the day the teacher will bring the class out to the playground to go home so parents and carers will have the opportunity to talk with the class teacher.

If a child arrives at school later than 8.50am the parent will have to go to the office to sign their child in late.

 

Book Aid International – Thank you!

March 2019

book aidA massive thank you to everyone who donated money last week during our Big Booky Breakfast, Dress Up day and the book swap. We raised over £175 for Book Aid International.

Book Aid do amazing work to provide people who are less fortunate than ourselves with books.

Click here to find out more about them.

 

Author visits

March 2019

We are so lucky to have authors and illustrators visiting us for Book Week every year. The children loved meeting Christopher William Hill this week who really enthused the children with his assembly.

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